Australians are threatening to boycott Supercheap Auto after a worker is fired, although many think he was right.
Supercheap Auto was targeted for discharging an employee who was filmed arguing over a wheelchair with a woman he claimed was stealing.
in a viral video Taken out of a Gold Coast store, a staff member could be seen trying to grab a blanket-covered pram.
He accused the woman with the pram of stealing from the shop and threatened to call the police, while the woman yelled “let my baby go”.
After they both struggled to take control of the wheelchair, a box was dropped to the floor from under the blanket and the woman said, “You can have the fucking rotor buddy.”
Bulletin of the Gold Coast revealed that the employee had been he resigned last week while the incident was under reviewdespite the video garnering a lot of praise for the worker on social media.
Police confirmed Monday to news.com.au that the incident had not yet been reported.
Now, Supercheap Auto is facing criticism.
Autobarn Burleigh Heads owner Michael Farrar told the publication the man who was fired what kind of employee he was looking for.
“His actions have shown me that he is a loyal person and someone we would like on our team,” he said, adding that his shop has stolen about $ 15,000 in the past two years.
Reporter Ben Fordham said there was “no way in the world” that the worker should have been fired.
“This guy was doing his job saying you weren’t going to pinch him from the store,” he said speaking Today Extra.
“I’ve had people calling my radio show saying they would offer him a job. They would give him a pay raise or a promotion, “she added.
Australians also took to social media to make their feelings known, some claiming they would boycott the business.
“Supercheap Auto needs to reinstate the worker and prosecute the shoplifter. It’s not good enough to turn down an employee who protects your business, “wrote one person.
“Damn Supercheap Auto, give a bonus and a reward to the man for treating the business like his own. Every company should be so lucky to have employees like this,” agreed another.
“If this man loses his job for opposing a shoplifter, I will never shop at Supercheap Auto again,” one person threatened.
“Dear Supercheap Auto, if this report proves true, I will withdraw my habit from your organization effective immediately,” said another.
A third user said he would do the same: “If this man loses his job for opposing a shoplifter, I will never shop at Supercheap Auto again.”
A spokesperson for a super economy car said so Bulletin of the Gold Coast a review of standard practice “after an event of this nature”.
“At all times, we remain focused on the health, safety and well-being of customers and team members,” he said.
“As we are continuing to cooperate with the police on this matter, it would not be appropriate to make any further comments at this time.”
news.com.au contacted the company about why the police said no reports had been made and when the employee would be able to resume work.
The video on TikTok alone has been viewed more than 5.5 million times since it was uploaded a week ago.
It is unclear whether the woman actually had a baby in her pram.
At the end of the video, the staff member followed the woman out of sight into the parking lot, while another worker wearing a “Covid Safe Hygiene Marshal” vest picked up the left box.
Originally published as Supercheap Auto faces backlash after viral video worker resigns